How to tell if bacon went bad

Written by neil white | 13/05/2017
How to tell if bacon went bad
Bacon is a tasty meat, but how do you tell if it has gone bad? (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Bacon is a tasty cured meat enjoyed across the United States for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Because bacon is cured, it will stay fresher longer than other uncured meats, such as steak. Bacon comes from the sides, back or belly of a pig and is high in protein, vitamins and zinc. There are several ways to determine if your bacon has spoiled.

Smell the plate or package of bacon. If it has a fresh, meaty smell it is OK; if it has a strong, unpleasant rotting odour it is probably spoiled.

Feel the bacon. Spoiled bacon feels slimy to the touch.

Look at the bacon in a well-lit room. Fresh bacon should be pink with white or pale-yellow fat. If the meat has a green or blue tinge or there is a green liquid or sheen around the meat, it has gone bad.

Check the sell-by date if you bought your bacon prepackaged. If the bacon is past the date and is showing the signs above, it has gone bad.

Wrap the bad bacon in a plastic bag and throw it in the trash.


Never consume meat you suspect is spoiled.

Tips and warnings

  • Never consume meat you suspect is spoiled.

Things you need

  • Refrigerator
  • Bacon
  • Plastic bag
  • Dustbin

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